Today's Reading: Jeremiah 26-29
Being a prophet is not something you wake up one morning and decide to do. After all, you might be called to wander in a desert, run around naked, speak to angry crowds, stand alone against 800, speak to people who hate what you are saying so much that they plot to kill you.
Yeah, it's not something you sign up for, for sure.
God calls prophets to speak the Truth to God's people usually at the precise moment they do not want to hear it. They plug their ears, they wag their mocking tongues and they raise their defiant fists.
The quickest way to silence the Truth is to be bull headed, stiff necked, angry and mocking. The Truth's sword might be swinging but a hardened heart is tough to pierce, even for God's Spirit.
"Let's just kill the messenger who is saying the very thing we do not want to hear!"
But God picks tough skinned people to be God's prophets. They seem to be the kind of people who value Truth more than their own lives. God gives them something special: mock resistant skin.
And even if the prophet is killed, no one can kill the Truth. They might crucify it one moment, but it will always resurrect stronger and more shining than ever before.
This is really, really good news, even for those of us who are stubborn, because God's Truth is marching on.
Glory, glory hallelujah!
We cannot zip the lips of Truth.